So like I’m pretty excited about the news of “American Gods” getting a season two and pretty much the OPPOSITE of excited about “The Handmaid’s Tale” getting a season two, and like I want to believe this is because I am a rational human being but I can’t help but wonder if it’s because I read Handmaid’s Tale and didn’t read American Gods so in the end I’m just another “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER” obnoxious person.
Ah fuck it, my tags got out of hand so I’m just putting them here:
#some points I feel I should bring up: I attempted to read American Gods many years ago
#and quit like 50 or so pages in
#and am therefore finding the series massively more compelling (esp. episodes 3 and 4)
#(that wonderful story with Salim and the djinn and then of course Laura getting to be AN ACTUAL PERSON THANK)
#ALSO my general opinion is that American Gods seems to have the kind of expansive universe that could sustain more stories
#outside of the original novel’s scope
#like even if you didn’t want to continue following Shadow (but you should because Ricky Whittle is a revelation)
#I would happily enjoy just a random assortment of stories about Americans having encounters with the supernatural in Fuller mode
#whereas The Handmaid’s Tale … how much can it sustain WITHOUT June/Offred?
#at what point does it go from a necessary brutal dystopia story to just misery porn?
#and I have not watched this week’s episode yet but I’m of mixed opinions on what they’ve done to ‘expand’ the novel
#some of it is really good (like all the stuff with Emily/Ofglen)
#other stuff is ehhhhhhh (I have some Pointed Issues with what they did with Serena Joy’s backstory - namely her relationship with the Commander)
#but at the end of the end am I just another obnoxious fan who is like “CHANGE IS BAD”
#also when did American “TV” forget the definition of ‘mini-series’ anyway?